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Thursday (November 23) is Thanksgiving, and it is a time when indulgence is not only celebrated but also expected. To help assist in the full bellies and happy hearts is our Thanksgiving cocktail roundup for 2023.

The beauty of Thanksgiving isn’t just the food and family but also the flavors of the season. We’re talking sweet and savory dishes, warm baked goods, and, of course, a well-dressed bird. Some of the drinks we’re featuring below come from brands we’ve featured in the past along with some new additions.

We’re thankful for the craftsmanship behind this hefty collection of cocktails. Hopefully this Thanksgiving and throughout the weekend, you’ll find yourselves a new favorite sip. From spirit-forward slow sippers to after-dinner drinks to help wind down after seconds, and even warming cocktails, we’ve got it all covered below. Enjoy!

In the interest of time, I wasn’t able to give you further thoughts on the offerings below. I’m a touch under the weather and wanted to breeze through giving the readers a wide variety of drinks to try out. Next month, and with the hopes I won’t be sick again then, I’ll try to be more descriptive. For now, enjoy this roundup and your holiday. – D.L.

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1. Always Daydreaming

Always Daydreaming Source:Old Elk

12oz. Old Elk Bourbon
8oz. Raspberry Simple Syrup*
12oz. Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice (about 3 grapefruits)
1oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Soda Water or Prosecco to top
Fresh raspberries and mint for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Add ice before serving to chill. Pour into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and top with soda water or Prosecco. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint for some pizzazz!

*For raspberry simple syrup – dissolve 1:1 sugar and water with 1 pint of muddled raspberries. Strain and use when chilled.

2. Apple Cider Margarita

Apple Cider Margarita Source:Cenote

1 ½ ounces Cenote Tequila Blanco
2 ounces apple cider
¾ ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
Cinnamon and sugar, for the rim
Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
Star anise and cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)

3. Autumn Aurora (Created by Jeffrey Naples, Reyka Vodka Ambassador)

Autumn Aurora Source:Reyka

8 – 10 parts Reyka Vodka
4 Cups Apple Cider
1 can Apple Pie Filling
5 Cinnamon Sticks
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Orange zest (optional)
Clove or star anise (optional)
Red wine to top

Method: Heat all ingredients except for vodka and wine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and stir until ingredients are combined. Add 1 part Reyka Vodka to 4 parts batch cocktail mixture. Serve warm and top with 1 part red wine. Garnish with apple pie filling, sliced apple, or sliced apple wedges.

4. Bond Fire S’Mores

Bond Fire S'Mores Source:Dos Hombres Mezcal

1 oz Dos Hombres Mezcal
1.5 oz Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
4 oz Cold Brew Coffee

Directions: Measure all ingredients with jigger and pour into mug. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a toasted marshmallow.

5. Bourbon Espresso Martini

Bourbon Espresso Martini Source:Four Roses

1.5 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1 oz espresso
0.5 oz coffee liqueur
0.5 oz simple syrup
Espresso beans for garnish

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake for fifteen seconds, or until the cocktail is well chilled. Double strain into a chilled glass. Garnish.

6. Calistoga Star Old Fashioned

Calistoga Star Old Fashioned Source:Calistoga

2 oz Calistoga Star Fine Brandy
0.5 oz simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over a large ice cube Stir until chilled. Garnish with an expressed orange peel.

7. Carpe Dia Punch

Carpe Dia Punch Source:Milagro

6 Parts Milagro Añejo
3 Parts Hibiscus Tea
3 Parts Ginger Beer
3 Parts Fresh Lime Juice
1 Part Blackberry Syrup
Sage Leaves

Pour all ingredients, except ginger beer, in a punch bowl over a block of ice. Top with ginger beer and stir intermittently. Garnish with blackberries and sage.

8. Chocolatey Spicy Winter Cocktail

Chocolatey Spicy Winter Cocktail Source:Clonakilty

1oz Clonakilty Double Oak Cask Whiskey
.25oz Campari
2 drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
1 dash Vanilla Extract
2 dashes Cherry Bitters

Directions: Add all the ingredients into a cocktail mixer and stir gently. Serve with a square of dark chocolate and cherry.

9. Cranberry Punch

Cranberry Punch Source:Jameson

3 Parts Jameson Black Barrel
2 Parts Ginger Beer
2 Parts Cranberry Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Parts Seltzer
Fresh cranberries, orange slice, and rosemary sprigs for garnish

How to mix:
Combine all ingredients in your favorite punch bowl. Garnish with fresh cranberries, orange slice & rosemary and serve over ice. (Serves 6 – 10 people responsibly)

10. Dulce Vida Winter Mule

Dulce Vida Winter Mule Source:Dulce Vida

1.5 oz Dulce Vida Grapefruit 70 Proof
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3 oz Gosling’s Ginger Beer

Garnishes: Rosemary Sprig, Grapefruit Slice, Lime Wedge

Directions: Combine Dulce Vida Grapefruit 70 Proof, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Grapefruit Juice and build. Top with Gosling’s Ginger Beer, garnish and enjoy.

11. Espolòn’s Cider Cocktail

Espolòn's Cider Cocktail Source:Espolòn

4 parts Earl Grey Cider
Steep 4 bags of Earl Grey tea per half gallon of cider, and cook on a simmer for 25min.
1 parts Spiced Simple Syrup*
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts ESPOLÒN Reposado

Glass: Mug or heat-proof glass
Garnish: Orange Peel Expression and Discard, Apple Chips on lip of glass
Method: Add all ingredients into mug. With apple chip or enjoy as is.

12. Espresso Martini Affogato

Espresso Martini Affogato Source:Absolut

1 Part Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
½ Part Absolut Vodka
1 Part espresso (or try cold brew!)
1 Scoop vanilla ice cream

How to mix:
Add the Kahlúa, vodka and espresso into a shaker with ice. Shake for 15 to 20 seconds, for that velvety foam. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass. Finish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

13. Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden Source:Redemption

2 oz Redemption Bourbon
½ oz lime juice
½ teaspoon allspice dram
3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider
Garnish: Apple fan & Rosemary sprig

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with Apple Cider/Soda.

14. Glendalough Signature Irish Coffee

Glendalough Signature Irish Coffee Source:Glendalough

2 teaspoons of Demerara
4 oz of Freshly Brewed Coffee
2 oz of Double Barrel Glendalough Irish Whiskey
Fresh Heavy Cream

Directions: Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add the Demerara sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients and top with heavy cream. Garnish with some coffee beans.

15. Hibiscus Margarita

Hibiscus Margarita Source:Mezcal UNIÓN Uno

1 oz Mezcal UNIÓN Uno
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz Ancho Reyes Original
0.5 oz hibiscus and cardamom syrup
1 oz pomegranate juice
0.75 oz lime juice

Instructions: Rim an Old-Fashioned glass with pink peppercorn salt. Add all ingredients to the shaker. Add ice and shake. Double strain into rimmed glass. Use pineapple triangles as a garnish. Enjoy!

16. High Altitude

High Altitude Source:Tommyrotter

1.5 oz. Tommyrotter Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin
0.75 oz. Amaro Nonino
0.75 oz. Dry Vermouth
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Orange Peel for Garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain and fine strain UP into coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

17. Hive Fashioned

Hive Fashioned Source:The Hive

60ml The Hive Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
10ml of sugar syrup
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
orange zest to garnish

Method: Stir The Hive, sugar syrup and bitters over ice in a mixing glass. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint and a twist of orange zest.

18. Honeycomb

Honeycomb Source:Devil's Gate Bourbon

1.5 oz of Devil’s Gate Bourbon
0.5 oz of Amaretto
0.5 oz of Lemon Juice
0.5 oz of Pineapple Juice
1 oz of Honey Simple Syrup
Egg White

Shake all ingredients, add ice cubes and shake it again. Strain and pour into a coupe glass. Decorate with a piece of honeycomb.

19. Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum Source:Dos Maderas

1.5 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. Demerara sugar
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg

Method: Build in a heated mug or Toddy glass. Add your butter, sugar and spices. Fill halfway with boiling water. Add your Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum. Top with hot water. Garnish with an orange peel studded with several cloves and some freshly grated nutmeg.

20. Hot Chai Toddy

Hot Chai Toddy Source:Papa's Pilar

2 oz Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
3 oz hot chai tea
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.75 oz honey syrup

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail glass and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks.

21. Hudson’s Lower East Cider

Hudson’s Lower East Cider Source:Hudson's

1 part Hudson Whiskey Bright Lights, Big Bourbon
3 parts of Fresh New York State apple cider
1 part New York City tap water
3 inch knob of fresh ginger, sliced (approximately 2-3 ounces)
3-4 cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon all spice
Lemon peel garnish

Preparation: Combine all ingredients except for the bourbon in a pan and quickly bring to a boil. Immediately turn off heat and let steep for 25 minutes. Strain out spices.

Serving Suggestion: 1 part Bright Lights, Big Bourbon, 4 parts Mulled cider.

22. Krakaccino

Krakaccino Source:Kraken

2 oz Kraken Gold Spiced Rum
.05 oz Irish Cream
1 oz Espresso
Whipped Cream

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a glass rimmed with chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stencil of The Beast.

23. Lalo Espreso Martini

Lalo Espreso Martini Source:LALO

2oz LALO Tequila
1oz Espresso
.05oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with Coffee Beans

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker tin. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with three espresso beans.

24. Minty’s Toddy Punch (Created by Vance Henderson, Hendrick’s National Ambassador)

Minty’s Toddy Punch Source:Hendrick's

2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Ginger Liqueur
3 parts Mint Tea Toasted Almond Bitters to taste

Served Chilled: Combine ingredients in a punch bowl with ice. Add lemon wheels, cranberries and mint leaves to garnish to a tea cup or glass and enjoy!
Served Warm: Combine all ingredients in a small pot and simmer gently. Pour into a tea cup or glass, add lemon wheels & cranberries, and enjoy!

25. Moonraker

Moonraker Source:Amante 1530

1 1⁄2 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Amante 1530
3⁄4 oz fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 oz green tea simple syrup*
(3) 1⁄4” cucumber rounds

Directions: Quarter two of the three cucumber wheels and muddle with the lemon juice in a shaker tin. Add the other ingredients and shake well with ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float the last cucumber wheel as a garnish.

*Green Tea Syrup – Equal parts room temperature Ito En Unsweetened Green Tea (or home brewed tea of your choice) and white sugar. Shake well to combine, let sit and reshake until fully dissolved

26. Pomegranate Honey Whiskey Ginger Punch

Pomegranate Honey Whiskey Ginger Punch Source:Q Mixers

 In a punch bowl or pitcher add:
1 bottle of preferred Whiskey (Bourbon or Rye)
2 cups pomegranate juice
2 cups lemon juice
1 cup honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part hot water, mix well)

-If serving in a punch bowl: garnish with large batch with 5 dehydrated lemon wheels and 6-8 marigolds – both will float on top.

-If serving in a pitcher: add a bowl of marigolds and a bowl of dehydrated lemon wheels for people to garnish themselves.

– Note: edible flowers can often be found in the refrigerated herbs section of natural grocery stores

-Add a scoop of punch into a glass or copper mug a little over half full of ice and then top with 3-4 oz of Q Ginger beer

27. Pouss O’cream

Pouss O'cream Source:Belle de Brillet

1.74 oz Belle de Brillet
0.75 oz Fresh Cream
A Lemon Zest

Preparation in a small shot glass, cooled beforehand. Pour in the Belle first, then drop in the fresh cream.

28. Prospector’s Punch

Prospector's Punch Source:Argonaut Brandy

24 oz. Argonaut Brandy
8 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
24 oz. Double Steeped Black Tea
24 oz. Ginger Beer
6 oz. Wildflower Honey (or Honey of Choice)
2 Stick of Cinnamon (Broken)
8 oz. Dried Cranberries
6 oz. Sugar

In a medium saucepan, toast 2 sticks of cinnamon until fragrant (2-3 minutes), then cover with 2 cups of water, let simmer covered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add black tea, let steep for 5 minutes then strain. While warm add honey, cranberries and sugar. Stir to combine and let cool to room temperature. Serve in a punch bowl with one large ice block or multiple medium cubes. Add Brandy, black tea in large ice block or multiple medium cubes. Add Brandy, black tea infusion, lemon juice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with citrus wheels, cinnamon sticks and fresh herbs.

29. Salted Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cocoa

Salted Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cocoa Source:Woodford's

2 Oz. Woodford Double Oaked
1 Cup Half & Half
3 Cups Milk of Choice
6 Oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
⅓ Cup Sweetener Of Choice
½ Tsp. Salt
Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Whipped Cream
Salt And Chocolate Drizzle Garnish

In a small pot, heat your heavy whipping cream and milk until warm, then stir in your chocolate chips, whisking until melted. Stir in sweetener, cinnamon, and salt to taste and stir until dissolved. Allow to warm until just below boiling. Remove from heat, then stir in your bourbon and vanilla extract. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and salt and enjoy!

30. Select Horchata Eggnog

Select Horchata Eggnog Source:Milagro

6 Parts Milagro Select Reposado
12 Parts Horchata Eggnog
1 1/2 Part Cinnamon Syrup
Club Soda
Cinnamon Sticks
1 Nutmeg

Pour all ingredients, except club soda, into a punch bowl over a block of ice and stir. Top with club soda and garnish with cinnamon sticks and freshly grated nutmeg.

31. Sorel Sangria

Sorel Sangria Source:Sorel

4 cups Sorel Liqueur
1 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
3/4 cup Simple Syrup
1/2 cup Orange Liqueur
Garnish: Blackberries, Raspberries, Orange Slices

Method: Add all ingredients to a pitcher with ice and stir gently. Pour into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy!

32. Sparkling Sage

Sparkling Sage Source:Mount Gay

1.5 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
0.75 oz Honey Syrup
3 Sage Leaves
2 oz Dry Sparkling wine (to finish)

Add rum, honey and sage to shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into champagne glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon and sage.

33. Spicy Paloma

Spicy Paloma Source:Ghost Tequila

2 oz Ghost Tequila
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Agave Syrup
Splash of Club Soda

Measure and pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into ice-filled, citrus sugar rim glass. Top with soda. Garnish with lime wedge.

34. Thanks Given

Thanks Given Source:Cointreau

0.5 oz Cointreau
1 tablespoon of Cranberry Sauce
1 oz of Dry Sparkling Wine
0.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 lead of Fresh Sage Leaves
1 oz of Vodka

Directions: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Fine strain into coupe glass. Finish with sparkling wine and garnish with sage leaf and orange wheel, if desired. Optional: Rim glass with sage sugar. To make, grind sugar together with a few sage leaves in a small food processor or spice.

35. The Alabama Lady

The Alabama Lady Source:Clyde Mays

2 oz Clyde Mays Alabama Whiskey
1 oz Passion Fruit juice
½ oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz Jameson honey syrup

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and edible flowers

36. The Busker Irish Coffee

The Busker Irish Coffee Source:The Busker

1 part The Busker Irish Whiskey Triple Cask Triple Smooth
1 part Tia Maria
1 part favorite coffee
Top with Cream

37. Tulchan Tonic

Tulchan Tonic Source:Tulchan

1 to 3 parts Tulchan Gin
3 parts tonic
Orange wedge

Pour the gin and tonic into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of orange. Orange is sweeter and less acidic than lemon allowing the elegant character of Tulchan to shine.

38. Uncle’s Yams

Uncle's Yams Source:Uncle Nearest

2 oz Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey
0.5 oz sweet potato syrup*
5-6 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange peel for garnish

Directions: Combine all liquid ingredients in a rocks glass over a large cube. Stir for approximately 30 seconds, until desired dilution and chill are achieved. Garnish with orange peel.

*Sweet Potato Syrup:
1 sweet potato
2 qt water
48 oz brown sugar
16 oz coconut sugar

Directions: Boil down the sweet potato in 2 qt water for 15 mins. Blend the water and sweet potatoes. Measure out 64 oz of sweet potato juice and add in the brown and coconut sugar to blend together.

39. Wise Chai New Fashioned

Wise Chai New Fashioned Source:The Wiseman

2 cups of THE WISEMAN™ Bourbon
0.5 cups of chai syrup
2 dashes of aromatic bitters
Orange peel
Star anise
Cinnamon stick

For the chai syrup, brew 3 bags of chai tea, combine with equal parts sugar and heat until dissolved. Once syrup is chilled, Stir in a mixing glass with ice and strain into an Old Fashioned glass over ice block, sphere or cubes. Garnish with orange peel, star anise, and smoking cinnamon stick.

40. White Velvet Espresso Martini

White Velvet Espresso Martini Source:Disaronno

1.5 oz Disaronno Velvet
1/2 oz Tia Maria Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Vodka

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish three coffee beans.

41. Winterberry Soda

Winterberry Soda Source:Empress 1908 Indigo Gin

2 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
3-4 oz Soda Water
Garnish: Blackberries

Build in a chilled Copa glass on ice. Garnish with blackberries. Enjoy!